Making lifestyle changes can help manage metabolic syndrome. The goal is to control the factors that put you at risk for getting cardiovascular disease. If you are overweight or have diabetes, making small changes can have a big impact. This includes getting some exercise, losing at least 10% of your body weight, and changing your eating habits.
It is important to set reasonable goals you can attain. Start by making small changes. Don't try to change everything all at once. You will be more successful and make better progress.
Changes you can make:
Ask your doctor to suggest programs or medicines to help you quit smoking. Quitting will help you attain your goals. It's also the biggest risk factor for most diseases.
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Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD Last Updated: 8/27/2018